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The Coinmander-in-Chief of the Polish armed forces, General B6r-
Komorowski, had stated that the President's proclamation remained
binding for ail Polish service men " as the orders of the supreme
Commander of the Polish Forces."
On July 5, the Polish radio from London, the voice to which Poland had
listened since 19405 gave out its last news. The voice of Poland who had
entered the war in 1939 had been silenced ... On the succeeding day,
the British and American Governments issued similar statements wel-
coming the establishment of the c Polish Provisional Government of
National Unity' as an important step towards the fulfilment* of the de-
cisions regarding Poland embodied in the declaration on that country
issued by the Crimean Conference.
The British Press hailed the solution of the * thorniest problem5
between the Atlantic Democracies and Russia and ' with confidence *
was anticipating the forthcoming cfree and unfettered' elections in
Thus Poland was c liberated/ and with the consent of the Atlantic
Democracies this time., was shut within the Soviet burial-ground of
nations. The Soviet totalitarian Government stepped "into the place cf
the German National Social State . . . Thus was sealed the fate of that
zone between the Baltic and the Aegean Seas. The flags of Freedom and
Democracy were hauled down ... Moscow hailed its greatest triumph ...
Germany was defeated and, with her, the Western World. Half
Europe now lay at the feet of the Red Tsar . . .
The final Note of protest from the Polish Ambassadors' in London,
Washington and Paris was handed out.
Edward Raczynski, Polish Ambassador in London, forwarded the
following Note on July 6 to Anthony Eden, Secretary of State for Foreign
Affairs : "
" In view of the recognition on July 6, 1945, by the British Government
of the so-called Polish Provisional Government of National Unity, I have
the honour to declare that I was accredited as Ambassador Extraordinary
and Plenipotentiary to the Court of St. James's by the constitutional
President and Government of the Polish Republic, who continue to be the
sole constitutional and independent representatives of Poland.
" Acting on the instructions of my Government, I have the honour to
bring to your knowledge that:
" 1. The authority of the President and Government of Poland, to
whom I owe allegiance, derives from the constitutional laws of the Polish
Republic enacted by the nation through a freely elected Parliament which
remain of unimpaired legal validity and which could not be changed in
conditions of duress under which the nation exists to-day. Under this
authority, the President and Government of Poland maintained normal
diplomatic relations with the British Government and concluded with that
Government a number of agreements;, including the Agreement of Mutual
Assistance of August 25, 1939, which I had the honour to sign in London
on behalf of the Polish Government^ as well as agreements between Poland